National campaigns continue to actively advocate for the universalization and the full implementation of the Convention on cluster Munitions and the Mine Ban Treaty. Here is a snapshot of what they’ve been doing in the past months.
As part of its awareness raising efforts, the Afghan Landmine Survivors’ Organization (ALSO) set up a billboard in Kabul to alert about the risk posed by landmines and cluster munitions and demand a landmine and cluster munition-free Afghanistan. The Community Centre for Disabled (CCD), in Afghanistan, has published messages on cluster munition and landmine victims through Talash Magazine. CCD took part in the organization of the International Peace Day on 21 September.
Latifa Gono Shohay Angon (LGSA) organised a human chain and a press conference on 28 October, in order to explain what cluster bombs are and to call on Bangladesh to raise its voice against recent use of cluster bombs and accede to the CCM.
Several campaigns organized an event to promote the launch of the 2015 Cluster Munition Monitor report in September, including ALB-AID which was invited to talk on Albania TV, Halt Mine Use in Myanmar which organized a press conference in Yangon and translated, printed and distributed the report, and the Association Sénégalaise des Victimes de Mines (ASVM) in Senegal which organised a press conference on victim assistance to present the situation of landmine victims in Casamance, using the Landmine Monitor as well as an ASVM report. ALB-AID also participated in a TV programme where it talked about the results of the First Review Conference of the CCM.
In Ethiopia, Bekele Gonfa provided support to his government in the preparation of the mine clearance extension request presented in June. Through various meetings with relevant national authorities, Bekele has encouraged Ethiopia to accede to the CCM.
The Iraqi Alliance for Disability met with various government officials and held an implementation workshop in order to emphasize the importance of time-bound commitments for the implementation of the MBT and the CCM, at the national level.
Liberia’s Association of Disabled Females International carried out lobbying meetings with national authorities, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and sent a letter to the President regarding the ratification of the CCM.
In Mozambique, the Network for Assistance to Victims of Mines (RAVIM) held a workshop at the Ministry of Gender, children and Social Action, to share the final version of the Action Plan on Victim Assistance. Following the country’s completion of its clearance obligations, RAVIM participated in the Completion Ceremony and issued a press release.
Sustainable Peace and Development Organization (SPADO) has continued its valuable work on the casualty database, which keeps a record of all landmine casualties in Pakistan.
The Philippine Campaign to Ban Landmines used art as a therapy for children affected by violent conflict, and as a means to raise public awareness about the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
The Association of Landmine Survivors and Amputees of Rwanda (ALSAR) held a workshop to raise awareness about the CCM and its implementation by all involved stakeholders, and specifically to develop a common understanding on the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in the implementation of the CCM and to establish Victim Assistance strategies.
The Swedish Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons organized two separate meetings with members of the National Assembly of Kenya and that of Liberia to discuss Kenya and Liberia’s ratification of the CCM. The ratification instrument has subsequently been introduced for ratification in the House of Representatives of Liberia. At the 133rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva in October, the Parliamentary Forum organised a side event on “Protecting civilians from armed violence – the role of parliamentarians”.